We take a look at Friday nights (23/8/2019) AFL 2019 Week 23 match is between the Collingwood Magpies and the Essendon Bombers. Can these two sides put up a performance worthy of the Friday night stage? Both teams are locked into the finals but the result could influence where and who they play.
When: Friday August 23rd, 7:50pm
Bet: Bet On This Match HERE
A potential finals preview kicks off round 23 action when Collingwood and Essendon meet at the MCG. The Pies could find themselves in the top four at season’s end with a win on Friday night and other results falling their way. The Dons are finals certainties, but could drop to eighth with a loss, and are out of contention for a home final.
Collingwood went to Adelaide and silenced the 50,000 strong home crowd to record a thumping win against the Crows as underdogs. The 66-point triumph was one of the Woods’ best in recent times, holding the Crows to just six goals.
The Bombers had their backs against the wall before their match in Perth against the Dockers and thanks to a strong start, were too good for Freo all night, winning by 32 points.
When they met on ANZAC Day, the Pies took the chocolates by four points in a nail biter. Essendon are 4-3 at the ‘G this season, while the Pies are 8-5, but just 5-8 against the spread. The Pies have won the past three in this matchup and with a top four spot on the line, The Wolf thinks they’ll make it four on the trot and stake a claim for top four honours.
Tip: Collingwood Magpies at $1.24
Value Tip: First Goal Scorer: Brody Mihocek at $8.00
B Levi Greenwood, Matthew Scharenberg, Jeremy Howe
HB Jack Crisp, Darcy Moore, Brayden Maynard
C Tom Phillips, Scott Pendlebury, Chris Mayne
HF Josh Thomas, Brody Mihocek, Will Hoskin-Elliott
F Jamie Elliott, Jordan Roughead, Callum L. Brown
FOL Brodie Grundy, Adam Treloar, Taylor Adams
I/C Jack Madgen, John Noble, Travis Varcoe, Rupert Wills
EMG Tim Broomhead, Tyler Brown, Ben Crocker, Josh Daicos
IN Darcy Moore
OUT Steele Sidebottom (Injured)
B Cale Hooker, Patrick Ambrose, Martin Gleeson
HB Conor McKenna, Michael Hurley, Mason Redman
C Andrew McGrath, Zach Merrett, Adam Saad
HF Josh Begley, Shaun McKernan, Tom Jok
F Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, Mitch Brown, Jayden Laverde
FOL Tom Bellchambers, Dylan Shiel, Dylan Clarke
I/C Darcy Parish, Kyle Langford, Aaron Francis, Brayden Ham
EMG Jake Long, Brandon Zerk-Thatcher, Mark Baguley, Michael Hartley
IN Cale Hooker, Josh Begley, Tom Jok, Jayden Laverde, Tom Bellchambers, Dylan Clarke
OUTDyson Heppell (Injured), Zac Clarke (Injured), David Zaharakis (Injured), Jake Stringer (Injured), Orazio Fantasia (Injured), Brandon Zerk-Thatcher (Omitted)
NEW Tom Jok
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change